Samsung patents method to measure your body fat using a mobile device

Samsung patents method to measure your body fat using a mobile device
Next time you are bragging about your low body fat percentage, you might be able to prove it by whipping out your smartphone. Samsung has received a patent for a method that measures body fat using four sensors placed inside the screen cover of a phone case. Based on diagrams included with the patent, users will grip the sensors with their hands to obtain a reading.

The technology involved, according to the patent, results in the sensors "acquiring the object’s impedance information on the basis of the intensify of the input current and the intensity of the measured voltage; and acquiring the object’s body fat information on the basis of the impedance information."

If Samsung can get the sensors to provide accurate body fat information, it is another fitness data point that can be captured by today's mobile devices. In a few years, turning on your smartphone might be able to save you a trip to the doctor. At the very least, it might help you win some bets at the bar related to your body fat.


The initial filing was made in March, 2014 and credits four inventors living in Korea.


source: WIP via VenureBeat, AndroidAuthority

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19 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Could they have drawn like, anybody else? That guy's face is making me laugh.

2. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Like why, like.

9. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

That's a generic korean!

17. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Seriously? I mean, I know a few Korean people, but they don't look like that.

3. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

The iSheeps would call it gimmicky again. Let me grab my popcorn to watch iSheeps crying about it.

8. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Android fans need this because studies show they are more obese, cuh /s

19. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Source of those useless studies reports?

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So Samsung is going to patent something that would give a big middle finger to fitness band manufacturers and exercise equipment companies? This is a pretty dick move.

5. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

You can thank Apple for everyone rushing to patent the first thing that comes to their mind.

10. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Yup, otherwise Apple would patent it AFTER Samsung had already released a phone with it.

12. hohoho

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

hurrr

14. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If only Samsung were more considerate of other businesses, like Apple.

6. waddup121 unregistered

It feels like Samsung should make a mobile device specifically for health reasons...that might sell well!

7. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

They have already been making progress. S health was introduced in 2013 which is way before Apple Health and Google Fit. Heart Rate monitors in 2014. US Media always brands them as gimmick in fact they don't tell the same thing for force touch which is a gimmick. This is an awesome move for health sector in smartphones.

11. MrET1

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

That force touch thing is already used by the Galaxy note series since the note 2. With the only difference being that the notes use a stylus and the apple works with fingers. Such an amazing invention..... NOT

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-receives-a-patent-for-a-force-sensitive-touchscreen-display_id53556 Hope you say the same when Samsung add it to their phones/tablets. We'll wait.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

February 27, 2014

16. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

What about it?

18. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh, nothing. Just an interesting date.

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